Anastasia Suen

Developmental Editor

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Write your #kidlit book before the winter holidays


Write the next draft of your children’s book BEFORE the winter holidays begin — so you’ll be ready to send it to an agent in 2017!

Q. How will you critique my children’s book manuscript?
A. I will work with you one-to-one for 8 or 10 weeks via email in these panster / plotter workshops. (Pansters discover their story as they write. Plotters plan before they write.)

You will free write draft zero (panster), select a story arc (plotter), and then write (panster) and revise (plotter) your picture book manuscript or that all-important first chapter of your children’s novel.

All of the writing lessons, goal worksheets, and critique worksheets are on a private site. After you sign up, I will send you a password.


The Intensive Picture Book Workshop session is 8 weeks:
October 12 – December 7, 2016.
*NO HOMEWORK during the week of Thanksgiving: November 20-26*


The Children’s Novel Workshop session is 10 weeks:
October 12 – December 21, 2016.
*NO HOMEWORK during the week of Thanksgiving: November 20-26*

My writing students come from all levels of the continuum, from beginner to advanced. Some students sold the books they wrote in the workshops while others continued to master their craft and sold their first book later. Are you ready to work with a developmental editor? Are you looking for a writing class to help you start your book or take your work to the next level? Sign up for a workshop critique so we can start working together!

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Art Camp

Art Camp: 52 Art Projects for Kids to Explore
by Susan Schwake (Author)

Booktalk: The BIG Picture

Art Camp is the second book of art instruction from Susan’s new Kids Art Series. This book is an easy-to-use collection of self-guided lessons for kids to pull out again and again to expand their skill sets and gain confidence in making art. The beautiful full-color photographs illustrate the projects in this easy-to-explore guide. Step-by-step simple art adventures are inspired by artists and the natural world in this full-color instructional book.

#kidlit Writing Lesson: the small details

The front matter (the pages before the main text of a book) explains the author’s approach:


Art Camp is a collection of of fifty-two projects made from simple materials.

The benefits are clearly stated:

They are open ended projects that promote creativity and confidence in art making.

The audience for the book is defined:

The projects can be done with little or no supervision for most elementary school aged children.

Take a peek inside with this book trailer.

Nonfiction Monday

It’s Nonfiction Monday!

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3 secrets every children’s book writer should know


On May 3, 2016, #kidlit Book of the Day hosted a “behind-the-scenes” book launch day interview for You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen with award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford. The interview is shared here as an e-book with updated graphics.

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